27 November, 2013

World’s leading research institutes use Neoteric hovercraft

We’re honored to announce that a Neoteric commercial hovercraft is now being utilized by several of the world's highest-ranking research institutes.

Brokered by China Haipai Hovercraft, Ltd., the leading aquaculture and marine science institutions in China have purchased a 4-passenger Neoteric HoverTrek™ to use in research operations. These include Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Shanghai Ocean University, the Ministry of Agriculture Ocean Fisheries Training Center, the China Fisheries Network, and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences.

Through Hovercraft Training Centers, Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald traveled to Qingdao, China the week of Nov. 20 to conduct hovercraft pilot and maintenance training at Yellow Seas Fisheries Research Institute.
Trainees and business associates gather to discuss their flight training progress. From left: Dr. Yuan Wei, translator Eliza, Wang Wei, Dr. Wu Qiang, Huang Xiaogang, Ma XiuFen (Qingdao Biology Trading Co. Ld.), an unidentified Qingdao Biology Trading Co. Ltd. designer, China Haipai Hovercraft Service Engineer Mr. Lu and Zhou Dayang Zhou (Qingdao Biology Trading).

Trainees at Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute receive their hovercraft pilot certificates. From left: Wang Wei, translator Eliza, trainees Dr. Luan Qingshan, Dr. Wang Xinliang, Sun Jianqiang, Dr. Wu Qiang, instructor Chris Fitzgerald, and Huang Xiaogang.

We're confident these adept new pilots and their hovercraft will further their institutions' valuable contributions.

Ukraine's first Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart

Superior Golf and Spa Resort in Kharkov, Ukraine - proud owners of their nation's very first Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart - takes their craft for a trial run over greens and water hazards. Full back story and lots of photos coming soon!

26 November, 2013

Neoteric Hovercraft rides & tours in south Florida

All Florida Watersports, Inc. on Marco Island, Florida, specializes in WaveRunner and parasailing experiences. But they were looking for something to spice up their business – and a Neoteric Hovercraft filled the bill.

Owner Ryan Peacock says, “We were looking for something a bit different. We started looking on the web, and there you guys were – something to do other than WaveRunners and typical boat rentals.”
All Florida Watersports’ Neoteric Hovertrek™ on Marco Island
After ordering a 6-passenger Neoteric commercial hovercraft, Ryan and his coworkers learned to fly and maintain their craft at Hovercraft Training Centers. As he said, “The first step is to know what a hovercraft does and how it operates.”
Ryan Peacock (2nd from left), and his crew complete HTC training with instructor Steve Stafford (3rd from left).
After their training, the team was were impressed with the Hovertrek’s ease of operation, it’s maneuverability, and the smoothness of its transitions: “It’s just incredible how there’s no transition; from land to water you don’t feel a thing – it’s amazing!”

The Neoteric Hovertrek™ flies safely and easily over most any surface.
Ryan says their new hovercraft will add a whole new dimension to their business. “We’re going to do commercial rides and tours. Now we’ll be able to land on beaches and islands. It’s just a completely different niche that’s never been done here.”

It isn’t easy for an amphibious vehicle to impress a group of guys who have been in the waterbound tourist trade for 25 years, who say they “eat, drink and sleep watersports” … but the Neoteric Hovertrek™ certainly did. Just imagine how their customers are going to react!

See how you react: Take a Neoteric hovercraft Test Flight at Hovercraft Training Centers.

And read more comments from our commercial hovercraft customers.

25 November, 2013

Jumping on the Hovercraft Bandwagon

Not long ago, hovercraft were not widely known. Then Bubba’s Hover took the world by storm, and now everyone seems to be jumping on the hovercraft bandwagon. As they say, ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” – but the important word to keep in mind here is ‘imitation!’

Even reputable companies like Fiat are trying to create their own public relations storm by ‘hovering’ on the coattails of the Bubba phenomenon. This week, the MSC Divina cruise ship arrived in Miami, escorted by a fleet of “Fiat 500 Hovercraft” …

But wait – those Fiats are in no way hovercraft. A hovercraft is “a member of the air cushion vehicle (ACV) family that flies above the earth's surface on a cushion of air, powered by an engine that provides both the lift cushion and the thrust for forward or reverse movement.

On the contrary, these vehicles appear to move across water like a boat, with a propeller or water jet stuck underneath them - making them no more like a hovercraft than a motorboat is like a hovercraft. Go ahead and call them ‘personal watercraft’ – but they are not hovercraft. It’s kind of like calling a canoe a hot air balloon!

Watch the video – would you call these hovercraft?

And then there’s the GolfBoard™  – not related to hovercraft but probably inspired by Bubba’s Hover. A Kickstarter campaign recently reached its funding goal to produce an electric skateboard golf cart. 

GolfBoard™ image
The upside? This kind of publicity helps increase awareness of legitimate hovercraft – which have apparently triggered a burst of creativity!

And at least these companies haven't carried their imitation to extremes and directly pirated the Neoteric Hovercraft like those in the Hovercraft Ripoff Report

14 November, 2013

Fiberglass Laminator job openings at Neoteric

Here’s another chance to join the team Bubba Watson and NYC's Thinkmodo chose to build Bubba’s Hover: Neoteric is adding to our staff of Fiberglass Laminators. Experience is preferred, but we will train the right applicants.

We’re looking for team players with a strong work ethic and a dedication to maintaining quality while improving efficiency. You must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work on your feet an entire workday.

The ideal applicant will have experience in:
·         Hand lamination
·         Fiberglass repair
·         Tooling and mold fabrication
·         Wet sanding and buffing
·         Lean manufacturing (Kaizen)

If you would like to help build the world’s original and most innovative light hovercraft, please complete our online application, or email your cover letter, resume and references to hovermail@neoterichovercraft.com.

12 November, 2013

The Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart: “Magnificent! We love it!”

The Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart is a huge hit in Las Vegas, as a showcased product at the 2013 Caesars Palace Great Gift Wrap UpIn the video clip below, Great Gift Wrap Up attendees Nancy and Frank D’Amico typify people’s reaction to this innovative vehicle - even if they aren’t golfers …

It's a vehicle like no other. As Caesars Palace says, "This is the first time a "jackpot" item is up for grabs: a Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart, an exact replica of the BW1 hovercraft golf cart Neoteric designed for Masters Champion Bubba Watson. As one of few built in the world, think of it as an ultra-modern golf cart - on steroids. Behind the wheel, be the James Bond of the golf course, as it effortlessly glides over fairway grass, water, sand traps and ice."

But as the D'Amicos quickly recognized, the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart gives you an incredible drive even if you never swing a golf club. It complies with all U.S. Coast Guard standards and can be flown on any waters, snow or ice worldwide. What other golf cart can you use for river cruising, island hopping, ice fishing, snowmobiling and even surfing across mudflats? This is the one and only.

11 November, 2013

Fiberglass Supervisor job opening at Neoteric

For five decades, Neoteric has been known worldwide for innovation in technology and artistry in design. Each Neoteric HoverTrek™ is a fusion of advanced technologies and skilled, hands-on workmanship. We’re now seeking a Fiberglass Supervisor to add to our team of accomplished craftspeople.

The ideal candidate will have hands-on fiberglassing experience at a high-end boat or aircraft factory. This position offers a competitive salary as well as health, vision and dental insurance with a rapidly growing and renowned international company with clientele in more than 50 nations.

If you meet the requirements below and would like to be an important member of the team that Bubba Watson chose to build Bubba’s Hover, please complete our online application, or email your cover letter, resume and references to hovermail@neoterichovercraft.com.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Independently manage day-to-day operations in the fiberglass shop, and to do all needed fiberglass handwork
  • Eliminate waste; increase capabilities and efficiencies
  • Foster a positive work environment
  • Develop standards and training for new and current employees
  • Ensure employee compliance with all company policies, standards and lean manufacturing methods
  • Devise and implement manufacturing strategies to ensure goals are met
  • Review and evaluate processes with engineering department
  • Create teamwork and foster positive attitudes
  • Ensure quality throughout manufacturing processes
  • Extensive hands-on fiberglass manufacturing experience: repair, gel coating, lamination, mold building and repair, design and build plugs, composite and polyester
  • Past training / apprenticeship in fiberglass fabrication
  • 5+ years in a supervisory position
  • Experience in lean manufacturing (Kaizen)
  • Ability to oversee and manage technicians
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Solid computer skills
  • Leadership, teamwork, and communication skills

07 November, 2013

Web Developer job opportunity at Neoteric Systems, LLC

Neoteric Systems, LLC is a division of Neoteric Hovercraft focused on cloud and web-based solutions. We’re expanding our team to include a Web Developer with a strong development skillset and the ability to work independently on a diverse range of projects. As our new team member, you will play a crucial role in the shaping of this division and subsequent products in an industry with exponential growth. This opportunity provides a stable environment to develop cutting-edge products with significant career advancement.

The Web Developer will work closely with the Neoteric team, including engineers, production supervisors, marketing staff and other personnel. Neoteric Systems develops ground-breaking products aimed at solving complex problems with web-based technologies. Existing solutions may be extended or new solutions pioneered depending on market requirements.

Starting salary is commensurate with experience and can be quickly increased based on your abilities and division success. Neoteric maintains a casual etiquette for employee comfort and practicality and offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, paid holidays and vacations, and sick leave.

Primary responsibilities include:
·         Review and optimize existing code base
·         Improve database optimization and integrity
·         Research and integrate existing solutions
·         Test products with and gather feedback from end users
·         Work with Neoteric personnel to develop scalable, secure, and stable solutions to complex problems
·         Draft requirements and technical/end user documentation
·         Administrate workstations and servers in backup capacity
·         Define and execute project planning and estimates to meet requirements 

·         B.S. in Computer Science/Software Engineering or equivalent work experience
·         Experience working with end users
·         Able to work with common editors, i.e. Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Visual Studio
·         Able to work independently on a variety of requirements
·         Ability to solve new and existing technical challenges
·         Able to work with third party solutions and APIs
·         Considers security, scalability, and stability of integration techniques and methodology
·         Proficient with XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript/JQuery/Prototype integration
·         Experience in common web-based languages required (PHP/C#)
·         Experience with database development required (MySQL/MSSQL, functions/stored procedures)
·         Experience with content management systems and frameworks preferred
·         Familiarity with XML/XSL and web technologies (JSON/SOAP/REST) preferred
·         Familiarity with version control systems preferred
·         Familiarity with model-view-controller methodology preferred
·         Experience with server technology (Linux/Windows Server/Apache) preferred
·         Technical documentation experience preferred
·         1 to 3 years’ experience preferred 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and references to:
Fax: (812) 234-3217

06 November, 2013

Caesars Palace? Ukraine? Never a dull moment at Neoteric!

This week we've posted job openings for a Purchasing Agent and a Web Developer at Neoteric – with more job postings to come. 

But why would you want to work at Neoteric? Well, saying “Never a dull moment” doesn’t really capture it. As a couple of examples, Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald and Vice President of Marketing Filip Przybysz recently returned from Ukraine, where they trained personnel at Superior Golf & Spa Resort to fly their new Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart – the first one in Ukraine. (Full story & photos coming soon!)

Custom decals decorated Superior Golf & Spa’s hovercraft golf cart before shipping to Ukraine.
And Filip is in Las Vegas this week, showcasing the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart at the Flamingo Casino in the Caesars Palace Great Gift Wrap Up for high rollers – where a $1 million dollar cash prize will be given away. Stay tuned for lots more about this event as well!

The Caesars Palace Hovercraft Golf Cart undergoes final performance testing before shipment to Las Vegas.
It’s all in a day’s work at Neoteric! Check our blog and website often for more job opportunities and more details about Neoteric’s latest adventures – and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

04 November, 2013

Purchasing Agent job opening at Neoteric Hovercraft

Here’s your chance to work for the world’s original light hovercraft manufacturer, with customers in more than 50 nations – and join the team who created the world-famous BW1 Hovercraft Golf Cart for Bubba Watson.

We’re currently seeking a Purchasing Agent for our Terre Haute, Indiana headquarters. This is a career opportunity with significant growth potential and Neoteric offers a competitive salary along with health, vision and dental insurance.

If you meet the requirements below and would like to bring your skills to the Neoteric team, please email your cover letter, resume and references to hovermail@neoterichovercraft.com.

High power, low weight aircraft engines, stored in the Neoteric engine bay, await installation.
The purchasing agent will be responsible for ordering all hovercraft components.
Primary responsibilities include:
·         Prepare purchase orders; verify specifications/prices; obtain recommendations from suppliers for substitutions; obtain approval from requisitioning department
·         Forward orders to suppliers; monitor and expedite orders
·         Monitor and analyze pricing for cost control
·         Verify receipt of orders; resolve errors in shipments
·         Process returns and outgoing shipments
·         Manage relations and communications with a large number of vendors
·         Manage inventory
·         Manage filing system
·         Collect, record and document parts information

Desired qualifications:
·         Experience in purchasing
·         Lean manufacturing experience
·         Inventory management experience
·         Computer skills
·         Arithmetic skills
·         Able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
·         Communication skills
·         Strong negotiation skills
·         Motivated self-starter
·         Neat and orderly

To learn more about Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., visit our web site …

and check back for more job openings to be posted this week.